Kim Thorsgaard Jensen

The organizer of Stop 07 in the EBT 2018, the VI Brunswick Madrid Challenge, has announced the period of the tournament to be shortened by one day.

The tournament, which is conducted in Bowling Charmatin, will be conducted in the period of 1-8 July instead of 30 June – 8 July.

The organizer also announces a change in the format as follows:

48 athletes will qualify to the final steps, of which the 16 highest ranked from the general qualification will qualify directly to Step 2 of the final.

32 athletes will play 6 games in the final step 1, starting from scratch.

Top 16 from the qualification will be joined by Top 16 from the final step 1. The 32 athletes will bowl best of 3 games matches in 3 elimination rounds in the final step 2, 3 and 4, which will reduce the number of athletes to 4.

The tournament is concluded with two one game semi-finals and a one game final in step 5-6.

Click here to see the EBT 2018 Calendar.

Anthony Simonsen from USA won the jubilee edition of the Irish Open, which were conducted in Leisureplex Stillorgan as the 30th Irish Open Championships in association with Storm.

The tournament, which appeared in the European Bowling Tour 2018 as Stop 03, was conducted on 14-21 January 2018 in Dublin

It was Anthony Simonsen’s first EBT Title and his first highest ranked position.

Nicole Sanders from the Netherlands, who left the tournament in the Quarter Final, became the highest ranked in the women’s division for the 9th time in her career.

189 athletes had found their way to Dublin to compete for the 62 spots available for the final steps of the tournament.

Step 1 included 54 bowlers playing 3 games starting from scratch, Step 2 included 32 bowlers playing 3 games starting from scratch and Step 3 included 16 bowlers playing 2 games matches in a pyramid system including Eighth Finals, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and a Final.

The outcome of the three last matches became as follows:

Semi Final 1
Barry Foley, Ireland: 212 + 226 = 438
Edwin van Aarle, The Netherlands: 214 + 187 = 401

Semi Final 2
Anthony Simonsen, USA: 259 + 205 = 464
Stephen Joyce, Ireland: 226 + 181 = 407

Final
Anthony Simonsen, USA: 257 + 203 = 460
Barry Foley, Ireland: 205 + 223 = 428

Sin Li Jane from Malaysia is leading the women’s division of the tour with 239 points in front of her fellow countrywomen Shalin Zulkifli at position 2 with 208 points and Daria Pajak from Poland at position 3 with 195 points.

Jesper Svensson from Sweden is leading the men’s division of the tour with 270 points in front of Rafiq Ismail from Malaysia at position 2 with 260 points and Anthony Simonsen from USA at position 3 with 219 points.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

The European Bowling Tour has started in a thru fireworks of entries and wonderfully good bowling as never seen before.

Last week the debuting AIK International Tournament Powered by Track entered the tour with not less than 455 athletes taking part, playing as much as 1.060 entries.

These already very high numbers were beaten by Brunswick Ballmaster Open, at tournament appearing in the tour for the 19th consecutive time out of 19 possible. Ballmaster seconded the numbers by 550 athletes, which is a new record for the tour. The 550 athletes played as much as 1.129 entries, which is the second highest ever in the tour.

It gives a total of 1.005 athletes in the first two stops, playing as much as 2.189 entries.

Click here to see a new tour statistic presenting the tournaments having had 400 or more athletes taking part and having had 1.000 entries or more since year 2000.

In Helsinki 36 athletes continued to the first step of the final, which were athletes positioned 13-40 from the general standing, top 3 from a separate standing of Squad 1-8, top 2 from a separate standing of Squad 9-10 and top 3 from the Desperado Squad. The 36 athletes played 6 games Saturday night starting from scratch.

Step 2 of the final included athletes positioned 1-12 from the general standing combined with top 24 from step 1. The 36 athletes played 8 games Sunday morning starting from scratch.

Top 16 from the final step 2 was divided in two groups of 8 athletes, each playing 7 one game Round Robin matches with 30 bonus points for a won match and 15 bonus points for a tied.

Everything were added together: the 8 games in the final step 2 + the 7 Round Robin games + Round Robin bonus + women’s handicap to determine the two best athletes from each group to be qualified for the Semi Finals in the Final step 4 of the tournament.

Group 1: The two highest after 15 games plus various bonuses:
1. 3731: Cherie Tan, Singapore
2. 3670: Sin Li Jane, Malaysia

Group 2: The two highest after 15 games plus various bonuses:
1. 3640: Bill O’Neill, USA
2. 3599: Kimmo Lehtonen, inland

The outcome of the matches in the final step 4 and 5 became as follows:

Semi Final 1
Bill O’Neill, USA: 238
Sin Li Jane, Malaysia: 247

Semi Final 2
Cherie Tan, Singapore: 211
Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland: 268

The Final
Sin Li Jane, Malaysia: 277
Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland: 173

Sin Li Jane won her second title in the European Bowling tour and was highest ranked in the women‘s division for the 4th time in her career.

Mr. Kimmo “Ballmaster” Lehtonen is a legend in the tournament. Not only was he the organizer in a number of years, when the tournament at a moment needed a fresh investment. Kimmo also won the tournament in 2002 and in 2007, and in addition Kimmo have numerous high positions in the tournament over the years.

Sin Li Jane from Malaysia is leading the women’s division of the tour with 239 points in front of her fellow countrywomen Shalin Zulkifli at position 2 with 208 points and Bernice Lim from Singapore at position 3 with 194 points.

The former tour winner Jesper Svensson from Sweden is leading the men’s division of the tour with 270 points in front of Rafiq Ismail from Malaysia at position 2 with 260 points and Kimmo Lehtonen from Finland at position 3 with 200 points.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

With not less than 455 attending athletes, playing as much as 1.060 entries, the Stockholm based tournament, AIK International Tournament Powered by Track, got a fantastic first time appearance in the European Bowling Tour.

1.060 entries have only been passed twice in the entire history of the European Bowling Tour, both from 2017, where Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich had 1.197 entries and Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmoe had 1.087 entries.

Concerning the number of athletes, the 455 attending athletes in Stockholm is the 7th best number in the tour history, matched precisely by last year’s Lucky Larsen Masters.

The tournament was attended by a bigger contingent of bowlers from Team Singapore and Team Malaysia, who were accompanied by top bowlers from USA, Canada, a lot of European top bowlers and not least a lot of local Swedish stars. All in all a World class field of top bowlers at the lanes of Bowl-O-Rama in Stockholm early January 2018.

The tournament offered a number of build in sub-competitions (the so called Gateways) and a Semi Final Saturday evening; a format which was well-received by a wide range of bowlers attending the tournament in addition to the many top bowlers from around the World.

The second last final step included 8 athletes playing 4 games, with scores added to the already played 10 games from the two foregoing final steps.

The 8 athletes ended their 14 games performance as follows:
1.
Jesper Svensson, Sweden: 3397
2.
Bernice Lim, Singapore: 3331
3.
Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia: 3297
4.
Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia: 3251
5.
Niclas Lindholm, Sweden: 3237
6.
Daria Pajak, Poland: 3213
7.
Ghislaine Sigter van der Tol, Netherlands: 3155
8.
Filip Wilhelmsson, Sweden: 3122

Finally top 3 concluded the tournaments with two one game stepladder matches as follows:
Match 1: Bernice Lim vs. Shalin Zulkifli: 226 vs. 220
Match 2: Jesper Svensson vs. Bernice Lim: 233 vs. 240

Jesper Svensson, who is leading the men’s division of the European Bowling Tour 20128, was highest ranked for the 9th time in his career.

Bernice Lim, who is leading the women’s division of the European Bowling Tour 20128, was highest ranked for the 1st time in his career and it was indeed her first EBT Title.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

The World Championships for both men and women was conducted on 24 November – 4 December 2017. The championships were held in South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas where a fantastic 60 lane arena setting provided perfect surroundings for sport bowling.

Both genders competed in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Event and Masters.

The 12 titles were divided among 8 federations as follows: 4 titles went to USA, 2 titles went to Korea, while Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and The Netherlands all won one title each.

The Masters event in the women’s division was concluded as follows:
Semi Final 1: Daw-Un Jung (Korea) vs. Shayna Ng (Singapore), 2-0
Semi Final 2: Li-Jane Sin (Malaysia) vs. Sharon Limansantoso (Indonesia), 2-1
The Final: Daw-Un Jung (Korea) vs. Li-Jane Sin (Malaysia), 2-0

Daw-Un Jung became the first women ever to defend the Masters title of the World Championships, since Daw-Un Jung also won the title in Abu Dhabi in 2015.

The Masters event in the men’s division was concluded as follows:
Semi Final 1: Zhe-Jia Xu (Chinese Taipei) vs. Thomas Larsen (Denmark), 2-0
Semi Final 2: Francois Lavoie (Canada) vs. Andres Gomez (Colombia), 2-0
The Final: Francois Lavoie (Canada) vs. Zhe-Jia Xu (Chinese Taipei), 2-0

The Masters title won by Francois Lavoie is the first Masters title ever won by a Canadian bowler in the men’s division.

European bowlers took the following medals:

Women’s Singles
Silver to Mai Ginge Jensen from Denmark

Women-s Trios
Silver to Janine Gäbel, Tina Hulsch and Patricia Luoto from Germany

Men’s Singles
Gold to Xander van Mazijk from The Netherlands
Bronze to Tobias Börding from Germany

Men’s Doubles
Bronze to Petteri Salonen and Niko Oksanen from Finland

Men’s Trios
Bronze to Joonas Jähi, Petteri Salonen and Niko Oksanen from Finland

Men’s Team of Five
Bronze to Carsten W. Hansen, Thomas Larsen, Jimmy Dan Mortensen, Dan Östergaard Poulsen, Jesper Agerbo and Mik Stampe from Denmark

Men’s Masters
Bronze to Thomas Larsen from Denmark

Click here to see the list of medallists in the World Championships 2017

Click here to see a completed list of results for the World Championships 2017

The organizer of Stop 06 in the EBT 2018, Kegel Aalborg International 2018, has announced that the period of the tournament will be extended from 22-27 May 2018 to 20-27 May 2018.

At the same time the following four changes is announced by the organizer:

Athletes below 22 years of age when the tournament is ending gets two spots for the final and are offered discounted fees for Squad 1 and Squad 2.

Athletes reaching the age of 50 latest on the day before the first day of the tournament gets two spots for the final and are offered discounted fees for Squad 5 and Squad 8.

All not qualified athletes at the end of the qualification, having played at least three qualification squads, can participate in the Free Chance Competition free of charge. The Free Chance Competition is a kind of extra Desperado, from where two athletes are qualified.

The prize pool is increased from 226.000 DKK to 244.000 DKK.

The tournament is unchanged conducted in Lovvang Bowling Centre in Aalborg, Denmark.

Click here to see the EBT 2018 Calendar.

The 40th issue of the European Champions Cup was conducted in the Austrian capital Vienna late October 2017.

A record number of 82 athletes attended the championships. The previous record of 81 athletes attending is from 2007 in Fötz, Luxemburg and from 2008 in Duisburg, Germany.

The record of attending men was broken as well, since 43 men, representing 42 member federations, participated in Vienna. The previous record was 42 attending men in Duisburg, Germany in 2008 and 42 attending men in Dutch Zoetermeer in 2012.

The format of the ECC 2017 included 2 X 8 games qualification, followed by another 8 games for top 16 and yet another 4 games for top 8, providing the following two standings:

Top 8 Women after 28 games
1 / 5956: Nicole Sanders, The Netherlands

2 / 5909: Filippa Persson, Sweden
3 / 5853: Sue Abela, Malta
4 / 5824: Solene Goron, France
5 / 5820: Laura Beuthner, Germany
6 / 5799: Cajsa Wegner, Sweden
7 / 5743: Elga Biagia di Benedetto, Italy
8 / 5585: Ksenia Apanyakina, Russia

Top 8 Men after 28 games
1 / 6490: Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden

2 / 6268: Gaetan Mouveroux, France
3 / 6195: Antonino Fiorentino, Italy
4 / 6122: Xander van Mazijk, The Netherlands
5 / 6070: Svein Aake Ek, Norway
6 / 6040: Riku-Petteri Kivelä, Finland
7 / 5989: Aidas Daniunas, Lithuania
8 / 5984: Gheorghe Catalin, Romania

Top 4 continued into two Semi Finals matches concluded by a Final match; all decided in best of three games matches.

Women’s Semi Final 1
Nicole Sanders – Solone Goron (2-0): 233-183 and 245-171

Women’s Semi Final 2
Felippa Persson – Sue Abela (2-0): 244-188 and 223-192

Women’s Final
Nicole Sanders – Felippa Persson (1-2): 191-200, 210-207 and 201-255

Men’s Semi Final 1
Mattias Wetterberg – Xander van Mazijk (2-0): 246-245 and 243-201

Men’s Semi Final 2
Antonino Fiorentino – Gaetan Mouveroux (2-1): 225-190, 169-182 and 264-203

Men’s Final
Mattias Wetterberg – Antonino Fiorentino (2-1): 214-199, 225-268 and 246-196

It was Felippa Persson’s first adult title at an international championship and the 7th Swedish ECC title in the women’s division over the entire ECC history.

It was also Mattias Wetterberg’s first adult title at an international championship and the 5th Swedish ECC title in the men’s division over the entire ECC history.

We congratulate the two new champions in the European Champions Cup.

Click here to see the list of medallists in the European Champions Cup 2017

Click here to see a completed list of results for the European Champions Cup 2017

The ETBF Congress, which is held every second year, was this time held on 22 October 2017 in Plus Bowling in Vienna, where the European Champions Cup is conducted on 23-29 October.

From the Congress, we will report the following:

European Senior Championships as of 2020
The most important decision taken by the congress was to establish the European Senior Championships (ESC), similar to the World Senior Championships, which has been conducted three times so far.

The first issue of the ESC, which will be conducted late January / early February 2020, will be open for 4 male and 4 female athletes from each of ETBF’s member federations, who are reaching the age of 50, or are older than 50, in the year of an ESC.

The championships will be held biennially, in the years in between the World Senior Championships, so the frequency will be as follows: World Senior in 2019, European Senior in 2020, World Senior in 2021 and European Senior in 2022 etc.

The 50+ athletes will compete in Singles, Doubles, Team of Four, All Events (18 games) and Masters; a format similar to the format of the World Senior Championships.

Requirements for Presidium members
The regulation of Presidium member’s eventual involvements in business related bowling organizations has been simplified by a congress decision implementing transparency as the headline for such situations.

The old rule was to some extend restrictive and not easy to interpret, while the new rule is simplified in the sense that eventually involvements in business related bowling organizations by a candidate must be announced to the Congress before elections.

If a new involvement happens in between congresses for an already elected Presidium member, it must be reported to the Presidium for a preliminary discussion and afterwards announced to the member federations.

Elections
The President of ETBF, Addie Ophelders, was re-elected by acclamation for a new 4-years period.

Valgeir Gudbjartsson, the Secretary General of ETBF, and Onder Gurkan, the Chairman of ETBF’s Education Committee, were both by acclamations re-elected for new 4-years periods.

Marios Nicolaides, ETBF’s well-known Technical Delegate, is in addition also member of the ETBF Presidium. Marios Nicolaides was elected by acclamation for a two years period, filling a previous vacant position in the Presidium.

The ETBF Presidium is from now on composed as follows:
Addie Ophelders, President
Kim Thorsgaard Jensen, Vice President
Valgeir Gudbjartsson, Secretary General
Sergey Lisitsyn, Presidium Member
Onder Gurkan, Presidium Member
Marios Nicolaides, Presidium Member

Florian Fister and Jan Edvardsen were re-elected as auditors, and the same was Marc Beaufais as the substitute auditor.

The next ETBF Congress will be held in conjunction with the European Men Championships 2019 in Munich, Germany.

As a consequence of a sponsorship agreement, the organizer of the 38th AIK International Tournament 2018 has decided to change the name of the tournament to the AIK International Tournament Powered by Track.

This long lasting and well attended tournament will for the first time appear in the program of the European Bowling Tour.

The tournament is conducted in Bowl-O-Rama in Stockholm on 26 December 2017 to 7 January 2018 as the 1st Stop of the EBT 2018.

Click here to see the EBT 2018 Calendar.

The organizer of the second edition of Lucky Larsen Masters have decided to change the conduction period of the tournament from 12-26 August to 25 August – 9 September 2018.

The reason for the change is clashes with major events in ABF and PABCON during the original conduction period of the tournament.

The change became possible as a consequence of a very flexible approach to the situation from the organizers of Rome Open, who has accepted to change their conduction period from 1-9 September to 8-16 September 2018.

The two tournaments will unchanged be conducted in Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmoe, respectively in Bowling Brunswick in Rome.

Click here to see the EBT 2018 Calendar.

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